Providence County Garden Club Records
Garden club, Providence, RI
Size: 1 linear foot
Catalog number: MSS 639
Processed by: Karen Eberhart, October, 2001
©Rhode Island Historical Society
Organized in 1927 by Julia Lippitt Mauran, the goal of the club was "to achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of nature's wonders by the pooling of all successes and failures, and sharing these with others." Membership was limited to individuals who actually worked in their own gardens. Men were admitted as members but the few that joined were usually husbands of active members. The work of the club is best seen through the committees they decided to create. The committees included: Roadside Development and Living Memorials; Conservation and Public Relations; Flower Show; Plant and Seed Exchange; Horticultural, Garden Club; Hospital Service; Defense; Community Projects. During World War II the club became active planting Victory Gardens and created a Defense Committee. The club expanded their activities as the years went on and became more involved in the community. They regularly donated funds to organizations such as Save the Bay and the Nature Conservancy and to local inner-city schools for "Grow-boxes." The motto of the club was "To do is to know."
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Box 1, folder 1. Bank check books, 1962-1972
Box 1, folder 2. Bank check books, 1972-1984
Box 1, folder 3. Committee reports, 1938-48, n.d.
Box 1, folder 4. Constitution, 1931, n.d.
Box 1, folder 5. Correspondence, 1940-1949
Box 1, folder 6. History, 1965
Box 1, folder 7. Membership lists, 1929-1948
Box 1, folder 8. Minutes, Jun 1927 - May 1933
Box 1, folder 9. Minutes, May 1933 - May 1938
Box 1, folder 10. Minutes, May 1938 - Apr 1941
Box 1, folder 11 Minutes, May 1941 - Apr 1948
Box 2, folder 1. Minutes, 1960-1966
Box 2, folder 2. Minutes, 1967 - May 1974
Box 2, folder 3. Minutes, Oct 1974 - May 1985
Box 2, folder 4. Minutes, Jun 1985 - May 1989
Box 2, folder 5. Printed material, 1940-1947, n.d.
Box 2, folder 6. Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs - Newsletter, 1941-1942
Box 2, folder 7. Roll book, 1941-1943
Box 2, folder 8. Scrapbook, 1927-1939
Box 2, folder 9. Treasurer's correspondence and receipts, 1962-1977
Box 2, folder 10. Treasurer's reports, 1939-1941, 1961-1977
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Flower shows - Rhode Island
Gardening - Societies, etc.
Hattie Ide Chaffee Home (East Providence, RI)
Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs
Roadside improvement - Rhode Island
Victory gardens - Rhode Island
World War, 1939-1945 - Food supply
Ely, Ruth (1881-1972)
Mauran, Julia Lippitt (1860-1949)
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